Posts Tagged ‘housing’

Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP is a comprehensive plan for a significant area of downtown/East Vancouver. It goes before City Council this week, where Council seems likely to pass it despite significant opposition.

You can get a copy of the LAP—which released only two weeks before going to Council, despite consisting of 450+ pages—from Publication Studio in Chinatown, who have kindly printed it for public accessibility on a pay-what-you-can basis.

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Kenneth Frampton on Aalto, Corbusier, detached houses, the suburbs &c.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The video below, produced by Slow Home Studio in Calgary, Alberta, is a short, brilliant, unrehearsed lecture by renowned architect, architectural critic and historian Kenneth Frampton on the history of the detached house in our era. Worth watching the whole thing – but the complete transcribed text is below.

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Unlimited Growth Increases the Divide: RIP George Riste

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

This small residential hotel in downtown Vancouver was stubbornly saved from demolition by its amazing owner, the quietly determined George Riste. George resisted numerous attempts by BC Hydro to buy his building, continually asserting the rights of his tenants to remain exactly where they were.  In the end, BC Hydro was forced to wrap its complex around George’s property and you can see the BC Hydro building above,  towering over George’s Del Mar Inn.

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World Habitat Day 2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Pierre Trudeau (white suit) entering Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, UN-Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, 1976. Courtesy CBC. All rights reserved.

Happy World Habitat Day! I bet you didn’t know that the UN has declared October 1 World Habitat Day. UN-Habitat, now headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, has a mandate to “promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.” Its very first conference, the Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, was held in Vancouver in 1976 (see also an earlier post on architect Arthur Erickson’s contribution to the 1976 conference here.).

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